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Charity hockey match

On Sunday 31 August, Rob Hill, Director of Hockey and ex-GB Olympian, helped Old Eastbournian Matthew Copping and friends to arrange an afternoon of top hockey on the College’s state-of-the-art Beresford hockey pitches. Matthew, along with peers from his school days at the College, was raising funds for a fellow OE, Charlie Howden, who is currently receiving treatment in the USA for cancer.

Two matches were played. The first saw the College’s U18 Girls team (that had in the previous year acheived a ranking of 5th in the Country) meet an OE side. It was an end-to-end thriller that ended in a very close 1-0 win for the fleeter, fitter and younger team.

The second match saw two OE men’s teams battle for supremacy. Unsuprisingly, the winning side contained England U21 Keeper Sam Brooks! 

OE, Cambridge Blue and 1st XI coach Ian Sands (Housemaster, Reeves) officiated. Players and spectators enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of hockey and a considerable sum of money was raised to help Charlie.

If anyone would like to learn a little more about Charlie’s struggle, or to make a donation to his treatment, please visit: Go Fund Me